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October 20, 2017


If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Annie Mok on Baking With Kafka.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Len Kaminski!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Matthew Loux!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Mike Baehr!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Ryan North!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Jim Engel!

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Happy 41st Birthday, John Allison!

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October 19, 2017


CAB Makes Its Formal "We're On The Way" Announcement; Big Change In Venue Among Initial Declarations

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Comic Arts Brooklyn sent an announcement out today making official their 2017 show and providing as much initial detail as they're able.

The show is November 11, from 11 AM to 7 PM.

The big news is a partnership with Pratt Institute, which will 1) make possible that there are twice as many participants, 2) that live paintings (by Steve Keene) and a video game related installation (by Babycastles) will be a part of the show, 3) make room for seven panel discussions.
"This year CAB will take advantage of Pratt's lecture facilities to host seven panel discussions with esteemed guests and established exhibitors. In addition to interviews with honored guests Chris Ware, Jules Feiffer, and Emil Ferris, CAB will feature panels spotlighting Pratt alumni including Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead) and Peter Kuper (Spy vs Spy), Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik's How to Read Nancy, "Identity in Comics," and a historical presentation of George Herriman's Krazy Kat by biographer Michael Tisserand.
Founder Gabe Fowler also named Matthew James-Wilson as a co-curator this year. James-Wilson is editor-in-chief at Forge.

Visit the festival's site for a full list of activities.

I hope to see many of you there.
 
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Go, Look: Ben Marra Images Gallery

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Dan Nadel Steps Down As TCJ Co-Editor; Tucker Stone To Work With Tim Hodler Moving Forward

imageDan Nadel announced today that he'll be leaving his gig at The Comics Journal co-editor. Tim Hodler will go solo for a week, which I'm guessing is the perfect time to prank the site, after which he'll be joined by Tucker Stone, a man created in a mylar test tube for the role of stewarding the long-time magazine in this on-line iteration.

As a continuing fan of the magazine I once edited on behalf of still-the-publisher Gary Groth, I'm grateful for a Nadel run with Hodler that was more in tune with the magazine as I remembered it as a print reader than what it became late in that run. I think Dan and Tim have done a particularly good job in the context of the magazine's overall history of covering the underground generation in winter, including serving as a repository of tributes and direct writing from members of that group of cartoonists when someone of their acquaintance has passed. I've also enjoyed many of their writers: Joe McCulloch is still the best writer about comics in the world, and they've used him well. Katie Skelly has been really interesting over there. Really, there's no one they use I dislike.

As for what Tucker will bring to the magazine, I guess we'll see. Tucker's a smart commentator on comics. He has publishing and podcasting experience that should enable him to provide a unique take on industry issues. His public persona is more performative than Dan's. If Dan Nadel is the guy who owns a car but has to be browbeaten to take you and your friends to a show in a nearby city, Tucker Stone is the guy in the backseat who talks from the moment the key hits the ignition to the second the car is fully parked. Tim Hodler wins the Artemus Gordon prize for all time if the new partnership works as well as the old. I wish them all the luck in the world, and anticipate fun times ahead.

Thanks, Dan, and congratulations on a job well done.
 
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OTBP: His Last Comic

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* it would be nice if everyone would use this service, at least to see if it's useful, but I don't have a lot of faith in that happening in a time where people don't do much outreach beyond posting something on facebook and maybe twitter.

* over 200,000 tickets sold in NYCC. Congratulations to them. I'm not into the dick-measuring aspect of this vis-a-vis other shows, but with NYCC the best thing about it from an outsider's perspective is their enthusiastic and jam-packed audience, which does mean greater attendance at a lot of panels that aren't TV shows or whatever. There's a similar effect at other well-attended shows. And to think that at one time NYC seemed a risky place to have a show.

* I think this tweet means that there will be an Emmanuel Guibert exhibit at this year's Angouleme Festival, but I wouldn't go by me.

* the editorial cartoonists have a lot about which to talk. I'd go, but I'm afraid I'm in Seattle.

* finally: John and Sandra of Metaphrog have posted about their Lakes experience.
 
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If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2017

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October 20
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This.

October 22
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)

October 25
* If I Were Near Penn State, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 3
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (Zine Machine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 5
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

November 6
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 11
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Wimbledon, I'd Go To This (Wimbledon Comic Art Festival)

November 12
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)

November 18
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine Comics & Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Evanston, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)

November 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

November 30
* If I Were In Honolulu, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Brian Bolland Flash Cover Images Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Robert Kirby on Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary, Vol. 2. Bill Sherman on The Wendy Project.

* the great Kevin Huizenga suggested that some of you smarties out there might read this piece and then tell us what it means for comics.

* one of the nice Smash Pages people talks to Liniers. Priya Sridhar talks to Kat Leyh. Astrig Agopian talks to Patrick Gathara.

* by request extra: Pete Von Shelly has a kickstarter.

* festivals extra: this looks super-fun.

* finally here's a comic with which I'm wholly unfamiliar: Seattle Walk Report.
 
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Happy 70th Birthday, Giorgio Cavazzano!

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October 18, 2017


Go, Look: Barbara Shermund Images Gallery

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Bundled Extra: Book Of Daze Imminent

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Austin English writes very passionately here about Domino Books' publishing project with EA Bethea, Book Of Daze. In a letter to CR, Austin reminded that Domino doesn't do crowd-funding and thus doesn't get that extra publicity boost that comes with making public the process of getting a book into print. Further, Austin depends on sales at the eclectic Domino Books on-line shop here. Lot of interesting stuff in there to enjoy.
 
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Go, Look: Kyle Latino Draws For Inktober

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If I Were Near Huntington, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Two Beautiful Bill Williams Kookie Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe McCulloch on Berserker #1. Marcia Lynx Qualey on Beirut Won't Cry. Chris Mautner on Iceland.

* here's a bunch of journalists talking about what it's like to cartoon in the age of Trump. It's funny to me in that I hated a lot of the responses, but liked the ones from Blitt, Telnaes and especially Bors.

* go, read: Lauren Weinstein on #metoo.

* I always like to see these color guides, and I'm not sure why. I have no desire to see the comics that result from this group, but I'm happy to look at the little notes everywhere.

* Alex Dueben talks to Liniers.

* Cafe Racer, a hub of Seattle's post-alternative comics scene, is set to close today.

* finally: nice find by Sean Knickerbocker.
 
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